Training for a triathlon might seem like an extreme fitness goal to some, but there are many good reasons to give it a shot. The benefits of training like a triathlete are many and may include losing weight, boosting self-esteem and confidence, and the satisfaction of achieving a difficult goal while being an inspiration others. Even if you don’t actually compete in a triathlon, you can still reap the benefits of training like a triathlete.
Following are some of the health benefits of training like a triathlete:
- Weight loss: A triathlon is a three-sport competition that includes swimming, running and cycling. The intense cardiovascular training involved burns a lot of calories and ultimately stored fat, which is great for weight loss.
- Looking and feeling younger: Getting back into shape and improving your fitness level will naturally make you look younger as your leaner, slimmer physique becomes apparent. The improved health benefits of exercise will also make you feel younger, more energetic and stronger.
- Increased energy: Your increased physical fitness will give you the energy to get through the day and complete tasks more easily, whether it’s walking up a flight of stairs or lifting a bag of heavy groceries.
- Reduced injuries: Since triathlon training involves three sports that use many different muscle groups, your entire body will be strengthened. This increased overall muscular strength will help reduce injuries as fewer muscle imbalances occur from cross-training.
- Increased productivity: Triathlon training will help you become focused and clear your mind. It can often help with creativity: For example, while cycling an idea may spark, or while running you may connect important ideas. After training, you will also be refreshed so you can more easily take on daily tasks.
- Reduced stress: From experiencing the intensity of training and the demands of physical exertion you will be able to handle stress more effectively and maintain calm under pressure.
- Self-confidence: Challenging yourself by training for such a demanding competition builds confidence. Knowing that you can achieve your goals can build confidence for a lifetime.
- Improved mood: When you put your body through extended exercise, it releases endorphins that will lift your mood. This has often been referred to as the “runner’s high.”